I've started many projects and finished few. My goals for this new venture, or possibly adventure, are few and modest at this time. I recently purchased a Honda CBR250R and I'll try to chronicle what happens as I try to relearn motorcycle riding skills after having not ridden regularly since about 1970. I hope to do a modest amount of traveling or touring, with my first venture planned for the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. I invite you to follow along if you're so inclined.
Also, I'm going to be posting rants, if you will, about religion, politics, so-called complimentary and alternative medicine in addition to anything else that comes along that I find interesting. Please excuse how the format of this blog/website. Though I have many blogs, I'm a neophyte at best in how to properly design them.

Snap of the Blue Ridge Parkway or the Skyline Drive (Virginia), OK, I fess-up, taken on a trip with my Miata.

Alaska Leather, Great Product, and Great Service

June 6, 2012
What a great buying experience. I spoke with Ms. Barb at Alaska Leather Thursday afternoon. And, yes, my Buttpad was in my mailbox Monday. Yes, the next Monday. Absolutely great service from the state that gave us you-know-who. Yes, the lady who can see Russia from where she lives. Barb sent the Pillion Type 1 which fits perfectly.
 It only took just a couple of minutes to install. Take out the two Allen-head screws, pick up the seat, run the strap underneath the seat, and that's it. You can see that some of the sheepskin goes up on the tank. I will most likely leave it like that as it would seem to offer a little protection from the tank getting scratched by zippers. If you're anal or OCD I'm sure you could do a little trimming and maybe tuck it under the seat or something. For me, this is fine.
So, how does it work? Well, went for a 60 mile (actually, two 30 miles rides) test ride today. Obviously, my comments are subjective. Did I notice a difference? Yes. I guess a better test would be for 100 or so folks to ride several hundred miles without the Buttpad and then several hundred miles with the Buttpad. Anyway, I feel, based on my total of 60 miles, that this is going to make riding more comfortable, at least for me. The pad is nicely made and fits perfectly as far as I'm concerned. No buyer's remorse here. BTW, with shipping $67.95. Here's a link...... http://www.alaskaleatheronline.com/servlet/StoreFront
I've had a heck of a time getting these photos on this post. But, am tired of messing with it. I hope this gives you an idea of what the Buttpad looks like.


  1. I may have to get one of these. Will you post an update once you've taken longer rides?

    1. Yes, I will. As I most likely have mentioned, hope to go the mountains soon. I think I've ridden three times since putting on the "pad." It is definitely more comfortable.


Outside the dealership....

Outside the dealership....
Yes, taking delivery of my new bike, May 17, 2012. The Marsee tank bag fits nicely. It's the strap-on type and you can get to the gas filler by unsnapping two of the straps. It is not in the way; however, it does expand upwards. My rainsuit is strapped to the seat.

OK, I promise to keep snaps of me to a minimum.

OK, I promise to keep snaps of me to a minimum.
Yeah, I know. I look pretty old. Actually, I'm only 25, the years have been tough and they've taken their toll.

Ortlieb Large Dry Bag (Rack-Pack)

Ortlieb Large Dry Bag (Rack-Pack)

I was on the verge of placing an order with Aerostich for Ortlieb saddlebags and decided to see how this bag would work. It’s the large Ortlieb dry bag. It cavernous and holds a whopping 2990 cubic inches. And, no it’s not filled to capacity, I just stuffed it with some clothes. The bungees I happened to have, though if I decide to use this as shown, I’m going to order six ROC straps. The only things that I can think of that I’ll be packing that are damageable or breakable are my netbook and two small cameras. The cameras I can put in the tank bag and the netbook I can wrap in clothes. I know one thing, if I do decide to use this bag I’m going to have to do some stretching exercises, as I will surely not be able to throw my leg over this. Yes, definitely a step-through situation.